23rd Annual Downtown Development Forum

New Urban Dynamics

This half-day event focuses on the exploration of innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Each year, hundreds of downtown stakeholders, urban planners, developers, real estate professionals, property owners, public officials, non-profit organizations, arts and entertainment professionals, and those interested in improving downtown attend this informative and exciting event.

This year we welcome David Downey, President of the International Downtown Association, as our keynote speaker as well as HCP who will present the results of our 2018 Biennial Survey of Workers and Residents. More speakers, panelists and program details will be shared leading up to the event.



7:30 – 8:00am                      Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – Noon                          Program

Partnership Welcome >>
Lynda Remund, Tampa Downtown Partnership
Mickey Jacob, BDG Architects

Opening Remarks >>
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa Read more

Straight Talk >> Advocacy Updates
Rep. Jackie Toledo (Pending Confirmation Due to Session)
Fireside Chat:  Mickey Jacob and Tyler Hudson discuss All For Transportation

Opening The Door For Urban Living >> Workforce and Attainable Housing
Owen LaFave, Bank of Tampa
Brett Green, Related Group
Special Guest: Ashon Nesbitt, Florida Housing Coalition Read more

Downtown Lifestyle >> Biennial Survey Results
HCP Associates

Spinning Our Wheels >> Comprehensive Parking Plan
Joel Mann, Stantec

Keynote Speaker >>
David T. Downey, President & CEO, International Downtown Association (IDA)
A 20-year association professional, David is an accomplished not-for-profit leader in the community building industry. At IDA, David provides overall strategic direction and drives success toward the organization’s vision to build a world full of vital and livable urban centers. Read more.

Shopping for the Right Fit >> Viable Retail in Downtown
Danielle Evans, Don Me Now & Bubbly Barchique
Adam Harden, SoHo Capital
Special Guest: Heather Arnold, Streetsense Read more

Save the date, register, and tell your colleagues to join. We look forward to seeing you at this signature Tampa Downtown Partnership event!


Thank you to our Sponsors!


Hillsborough River Realty Corporation/ The Jeffries Companies
The University of Tampa


BDG Architects
Tampa Bay Business Journal


Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
CGA Solutions
The Bank of Tampa
Strategic Property Partners